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starting your morning with us. >> we have much more ahead on "cnn saturday morning." it starts right now. good morning, everyone. i'm randi kaye. >> i'm victor blackwell. 7:00 on the east coast. 4:00 out west. thanks for starting your morning with us. >> we begin this hour with the downfall of general david petraeus. president obama accepted his resignation as cia director yesterday. petraeus cited an extra marital affair as the reason for stepping down. joining me now is cnn intelligence correspondent suzanne kelly. suzanne, good morning. i know you've had a busy couple of days here. so, how is the intelligence community processing this? have they made any sense of it yet? >> i think it will take days for that, randi, for a couple of reasons. just a shot here in washington. if you had polled the top minds in washington a week ago and asked them about david petraeus, they would be more likely to talk about future career
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ambitions than what was going on outside his marriage. that was such a stunner yesterday. not only did david petraeus step down as head of the cia, but admitted to doing so in a letter that he wrote to employees at the cia and i think, you know, processing sort of the shock of that is one part of this, but the other part that we're going to really focus on in the coming week is finding out more of those details, particularly the timing of this. if there was an fbi investigation going on, which we now know there was, what were they looking at and how long did they know? was the white house aware of this and isn't it odd that itp haened, that he stepped down and came forward with this revelation just a couple days after the election? >> why was the fbi involved? this was based on a tip, right? >> yeah, yeah. we were told that a u.s. official confirmed to cnn that the investigation was that he was having an affair with paula broadwell. she, of course, is the person who wrote the biography about him. cnn has not been able to reach
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out to her and we take great pride in reaching out to every side of the story. we cannot tell you this is the woman he was having the affair with. no suggestion if the fbi was investigating wrongdoing on petraeus petraeus' part but putting himself in a vulnerable position of an affair. someone who might put themselves in a private position that could lend them to be vulnerable to exploitation later is a very serious concern here. >> sounds like they were worried about classified information, possibly. what about benghazi? petraeus was supposed to testify before the senate intelligence committee next week. does this have anything to do with the hearings coming up, do you think? >> the honest is, i really don't think so. if the administration really needed a fall guy on benghazi, they needed it before the election. i think that president obama is in a much safer space now. sources i talked to in
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government seem a lot more relaxed about things now that the election is over. if there's any sort of bright lining at all to this, it's that the person who is now going to be sitting in that seat at those hearings is mike morell. 32-year veteran of the cia. really no concern about sort of shake up and the agency being on faulty ground during any kind of transition because he has been right at the helm of this benghazi investigation and i think, you know, he is the person now awho the president has already said he put his trust in by naming him the acting director. he'll be in the hot seat in benghazi, but i don't think the cia. some sort of smoking gun on this story that will come out that would have prompted something like the downfall of david petraeus. >> certainly. suzanne kelly, thank you so much for the very latest there. now, back to that fbi investigation. as suzanne reported, a u.s. official tells cnn that the fbi was not investigating general petraeus for any wrongdoing, it was just about protecting him from blackmail. but that explanation is not
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sitting well with some. >> but the idea that the fbi is investigating the cia director for a extra marital affair is just extraordinary. i have never seen it happen. and it is more to do than sex. there is something going on here and i can't explain and i ink the we're going to find out very soon. >> this also raised questions regarding the role of the white house and the timing of this announcement. >> this is the key question right now in front of everybody. how extraordinary would it be that you have this type of fbi investigation into your cia director and the president is not informed about it? this seems to really beg belief at the moment. the word is circulating that the president was not aware that on once petraeus came to him but really believes that someone in the white house didn't know that the fbi didn't inform the white house in some fashion.
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>> later this hour we'll talk more about the white house and the investigation. a former bush administration and homeland security will be here with her take. president obama wasted little time celebrating his election victory, instead, saying he is ready to work with congress to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. at its heart is whether current tax rates will remain but the raise for wealthy americans if bush era tax cuts expire at the end of the year. >> i'm not wedded to every detail of my plan. i'm open to compromise. i'm open to new ideas. i'm committed to solving our fiscal challenges. but, i refuse to accept any approach that isn't balanced. i am not going to ask students and seniors and middle class families to pay down the entire deficit while people like me making over $250,000 aren't asked to pay a dime more in taxes.
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i'm not going to do that. >> house speaker john boehner, likewise, struck a conciliatory tone drawing a hard line on tax hikes but saying everything is up for negotiation. >> well, clearly, the deficit is a drag on our economy and we can't continue to spend money that we don't have. i, i don't want to box myself in, yet alone box anybody else in. i think it's important for us to come to an agreement with the president, but this is his opportunity to lead. >> the senate has already passed legislation that would raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 while preserving the bush tax cuts for the middle class. staying with politics, there's still no call in the presidential election in florida where officials continue to sort through ballots and a bid to finalize the vote tallies. cnn has yet to project a winner but yet with 97% of precincts
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reporting president obama has a 64,000 vote lead over mitt romney. unofficial results must be submitted by noon today. when it comes to the national popular vote, the president's margin of vktry has now increased. he holds a 51% to 48% edge over governor romney. that's up from a tie on election night. we've got much more ahead this hour. >> here's a quick look at what's coming up. as of tuesday, smoking pot without a medical reason is now legal in two states. for now, the feds aren't budging, so why is one career drug agent applauding the new laws? the new majority. the women's choice. battles over voting rights. tuesday's election revealed new lessons. all morning, we'll put what we learned in focus. businesses closed to grieve and students protesting on campus and bosses firing their workers. why obama's victory sparked
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cymbalta can help. go to cymbalta.com to learn about a free trial offer. this morning we're taking a closer look at tuesday's election results, specifically we're seeing what we learned from those results. how did women affect the outcome, latinos and the tea party's role in that outcome. joining me now is amy kremer. chairwoman of the tea party express. good it have you with us this morning. >> hey, thanks for having me. >> amy, some say the tea party is the reason in part in why the republicans came up short taking control of the senate in 2012 and 2010. they say the candidates are too extreme to win in the general elections. who do you think is responsible for the gop coming up short, specifically in the senate? >> well, you know, i think there's a lot of blame to go around because candidates that could be considered tea part or
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labeled tea party lost such as george allen and rayburg. so, plenty of blame to go around. we just, elections have consequences and we have to continue pushing forward and this does not indicate in any way, whatsoever, that the tea party movement is dying. matter of fact, i think it will strengthen it. >> let's talk about the fiscal cliff, the automatic cuts if washington can't agree on a plan to cut spending and the deficit. president proposed cuts and raising taxes on income over $250,000. republicans thus far said no to the tax increase, although john boehner has said more revenue. should republicans in congress be afraid of a tea party primary if they support a deal that includes tax increases? >> you know, i'm not going to, i'm not going to talk about primaries now because we're just three or four days away from this last election and next one is, obviously, two years away. we have this fiscal cliff to
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deal with and what i hope is that somehow we can find some common ground and a winning solution for all americans. and, you know, everybody wants to talk about tax increases. well, you know, why don't we close some of these loopholes so that these corporations, ge, apple, others, you know, pay taxes here in this country. because that would bring in some revenue. so, there's other ways to bring revenue instead of just taxing the citizens across this country. the problem is that eventually you run out of other people's money. you can tax people all you want, but, eventually, they're going to pay all their money to taxes and there's going to be no more money. we have to talk about spending, too. that's important. >> let's talk about this, you say common ground. does that mean compromise? >> you know, i don't, i hate the word compromise, no offense to you, but the media has put it as this hot topic, dirty word and the thing is, it's like they
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want to put the republicans and the democrats in a boxing ring and see who comes out the winner. why don't we figure out how to fix this so that the american people would. >> amy, some people put a republican against a republican because they disagree with their votes while they're serving to say that the media puts politicians in a boxing ring to see who comes out winning, it seems to be a bit bias, don't you think? >> no, the thing is, party politics got us into this mess. the republicans are just as responsible for the spending as the democrats. we need to find solutions. that's what's important. and the tea party movement, we're not about the social issues. we're all about the fiscal issues. all we care about is fiscal responsibility, limited government and free markets. >> the problem with that is, when i go to your website and you have endorsed, let's say, murdouch in indiana but he says a pregnancy that results from
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rape is what god intended and that social message is something that supersedes the fiscal message. it gets in the way. >> the thing is, that's what people want to focus on. we don't focus on the social issues, we never have. that's where the tea party is -- >> you don't focus on it, but women who are victims of rape focus on it. it might not be your priority. >> no war on women. roe versus wade is not going to be overturned. the democrats on the left created the pseudo war on women. they manufactured it because a president couldn't run on his economic record. >> the democrats did not put those words into congressman, into his mouth. >> i'm not saying they did. >> okay. >> but what i'm saying is that those, those issues are not what we're focused on. we're focused on the fiscal issues. every candidate, i don't care who they are, they're going to have a stance on social issues. they have a stance on every
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issue. but that is not what we are focused on. >> listen, i want to get to something specifically that we learned from the election results is that the republican party has to increase its tent. the black vote went overwhelmingly to president obama. i went to your website, teapartyexpress.org. a lot of people said they have to reach out to latinos and african-americans. would you agree with that? >> yeah, absolutely. >> let me read something from your website. obama's appeal, black activists, blacks lost cause must get out white vote. black christian, shame, shame, shame. the black divider in chief, black actress supports romney. welcome home, sista spelled s-i-s-t-a. if this is on your website within the last month. how do you get black voters? >> i'm not familiar with what
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posts you're talking about. >> it's on teapartyexpress.org. >> wait, i don't know. i think probably lloyd marcus who is a spokesperson for tea party express probably wrote that. he's been with tea party express from the beginning. he is a proliffic blogger and writer, author and he's performed. that's my guess. but, look, we reach out to people all the time and there are african-americans, hispanics in this entire movement across the country. i mean, it doesn't -- we're not focused on race. what we are focused on are the fiscal issues and we want washington to reign in this out of control spending and live within their means so all americans win and we're on that path to prosperity, again. >> the problem may be the fiscal conservatives who are put up talk more about fiscal conservatism and they also talk about race and social issues. amy kremer, chairwoman of the
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tea party express. we have to go. we have to have you back, thank you for speaking with us this morning. >> thank you. four more years and we don't mean president obama, we mean the two young ladies who now live at 1600 pennsylvania avenue, as well. what is if like growing up in the white house? we'll tell you. [ male announcer ] imagine facing the day with less chronic osteoarthritis pain. imagine living your life with less chronic low back pain. imagine you, with less pain. cymbalta can help. cymbalta is fda-approved to manage chronic musculoskeletal pain. one non-narcotic pill a day, every day, can help reduce this pain. tell your doctor right away if your mood worsens, you have unusual changes in mood or behavior or thoughts of suicide. antidepressants can increase these in children, teens, and young adults. cymbalta is not approved for children under 18. people taking maois or thioridazine
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malia and sasha obama have grown up a lot over the past four years, most of it out of the public eye. but on election night young
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sasha demonstrated she, too, may have a future in politics. watch what happens here. the crowd at mccormick place in chicago went wild when she reminded her father to acknowledge the supportarers behind the stage. obama daughters begin another four years in the white house, we wanted to take a closer look at what their lives are like and how they compare with other first children. they may be growing up in the white house, but to sasha, 11, and malia now 14, mr. president is simply daddy. and on election night, their daddy sounded so proud. >> sasha and malia, before our very eyes you're growing up to become two strong, smart, beautiful, young women, just like your mom.
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and i'm so proud of you guys. but i will say for now, one dog is probably enough. >> reporter: hard to believe it's been more than four years since we were first introduced to the obama girls. remember this precious moment at the 2008 democratic convention. >> daddy, what city are you in? >> their parent, for the most part, keep them out of the spotlight but on stage on election night they were beaming and, boy, have they grown. doug has written about presidential families for two decades and interviewed 19 presidential children. >> the most successful presidential children in history have been children who were kept out of the limelight during their father's presidency. this was a study that jacqueline kennedy made and concluded. the obamas have subscribed to that and historically, this has proven to be the wisest form of presidential parenting. >> reporter: while we haven't heard much directly from the two
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girls over the years, their parents share quite a bit about them. listen to what the president told abc's robin roberts about his daughters last year. >> they're smart, funny and most importantly they're kind, they're respectful, they're responsible, they're well behaved. i could not have asked for better kids. i should also point out that i had men with guns that surround them often and a great incentive for running for re-election is that it means they never get in a car with a boy who had a beer. >> malia, who will be 18 by the time her father's second term ends is already asking about her driver's license. the president said he will allow it. but other things are simply against the rules, as mr. obama recently told the ladies of "the view." >> first of all, malia didn't get a phone until last year. they don't have facebook page. you know, part of that,
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obviously, is for security for us. we don't let them watch tv or use their computer, except to do homework during the week. >> reporter: the president was asked on mtv how he feels about malia soon dating. >> dates, that's fine because she's, she has seet service protection. >> the goal in this white house seems to be normalcy. the president tries to be home for family dinner most days and even helps coach sasha's basketball team. and this past summer both girls went away to sleep away camp, of course, the secret service went with them. even living in the white house, though, doesn't mean the girls get a free pass. they still make their beds and malia does her own laundry. lots of pressure comes along with being the president's daughter. michelle obama shared this story with jimmy kimmel. >> that was the instruction before he gave his speech at the dnc. we're back stage and they're playing around and they're laughing and they're giggling and he said just act like you're listening to me. so, the whole time i'm clapping and looking over at them and i'm
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like, smile, smile, they're like, okay. sasha and malia seem to be handling the spotlight just fine, but it wasn't so easy for those before them. george w. bush's daughter, jenna, was arrested for having alcohol as a minor. months later, she was charged with using a fake i.d. to purchase alcohol. and then there's chelsea clinton, whose father was impeached following his affair with monica lewinsky. >> the greatest memory of chelsea clinton is that scene of her walking across the lawn and taking her father's hand and her mother's hand and literally holding that marriage together. >> reporter: so much history at 1600 pennsylvania avenue. now sasha and malia's early years firmly part of it. >> amazing. when they walked out on stage with their parents that night tuesday night, i couldn't get over how tall malia had gotten. she's so tall. >> she's going to surpass her mom. >> i can't imagine going away to sleep away camp and taking the secret service with me. >> the thing is about the girls
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